Eczema in pregnancy

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Eczema in pregnancy
Other names: Eczema during pregnancy
Atopic eruption of pregnancy, congruent with eczema of pregnancy[1]
SpecialtyDermatology, obstetrics

Eczema in pregnancy (EP) is a type of atopic eruption of pregnancy, along with prurigo of pregnancy and pruritic folliculitis of pregnancy.[3] The entire skin may be affected including the palms of the hands.[2] Onset is generally in the first half of pregnancy.[2]

Most of those affected do not have a prior diagnosis of eczema; though they typically have a history of atopic diseases and high IgE blood levels.[2] Many of those with prior eczema have it worsen during pregnancy.[4] Other risk factors include a family history of the disease.[1]

Treatment typically involves moisturizers, steroid creams, and antihistamines.[1] It is not a serious condition and does not affect the baby.[1] It often recurs in future pregnancies.[3]

Eczema in pregnancy is common.[2] It represents about 33 to 50% of skin diseases of pregnancy.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Stefaniak, AA; Pereira, MP; Zeidler, C; Ständer, S (March 2022). "Pruritus in Pregnancy". American journal of clinical dermatology. 23 (2): 231–246. doi:10.1007/s40257-021-00668-7. PMID 35191007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sachdeva, S (2008). "The dermatoses of pregnancy". Indian journal of dermatology. 53 (3): 103–5. doi:10.4103/0019-5154.43203. PMID 19882004.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roth, MM (1 February 2011). "Pregnancy dermatoses: diagnosis, management, and controversies". American journal of clinical dermatology. 12 (1): 25–41. doi:10.2165/11532010-000000000-00000. PMID 21110524.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Weatherhead, S; Robson, SC; Reynolds, NJ (21 July 2007). "Eczema in pregnancy". BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 335 (7611): 152–4. doi:10.1136/bmj.39227.671227.AE. PMID 17641349.